Make Goal Setting a Family Affair
Setting goals helps motivate students, give purpose to their work, and better plan their time. Oxford Learning recommends that parents and children set goals for success together because “we decisions” are better than “me decisions”. By collaborating during goal setting, parents and kids can open the lines of communication.
To begin, simply sit down with your child. Based on a review of last year, let him/her tell you about the goals he/she would like to set for the new school year. Listen carefully to what your child would like to strive for and achieve. Be supportive, be respectful and be encouraging.
Achievable, Measurable, Believable Goals
Work with your child to develop and set goals that are relevant, but most importantly the goals must be achievable, measurable and believable. This is critical and the underlying key to setting successful goals. Once the goals are set, the time is right to build a reasonable, realistic plan to achieve them and measure success. Periodic reviews between you and your child about how he/she is doing will keep the positive momentum going.
As a parent, it’s important for you to know that it’s never too early or too late to teach your child the fundamentals to help him/her succeed. It’s also important to remember that Oxford Learning is here to help your child develop the right habits and skills so that he/she can achieve goals with confidence and success.